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that is going to do it for me this morning. "cnn newsroom" continues right now fredricka whitfield. >> good to see you. you're a big tennis player, tennis fan as am i. >> the u.s. open is not going to happen. >> might get rained out but maybe alexandra has good news for us. we'll be watching it all day long. thank you randi, appreciate it it. the northeast is in for a
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day of severe weather the new york area getting hit especially hard at this hour. meteorologist alexandra steele is tracking the storm system. all right, so alexandra, a lot going on in the new york area, always, but then particularly this evening you got the women's u.s. open finals, the last thing they need is a heavy downpour so what tea looking like? >> not good. you said i hope alexandra has good news and i definitely do not. this is actually just the beginning of an incredibly severe weather day so we'll talk about where the tornado warning is and the big picture is as well. here are the watches, this is the line of strong storms pushing eastward so all of this has net to go through the northeast. tomorrow, a clear fair weather day, a taste of fall with temperatures about 15 to 20 degrees cooler than today but in advance of that, that's where we have the atmosphere setting up for severe weather as expected and it certainly is delivering. here's where a tornado watch is, just to show you how big it is, we're talking about connecticut, massachusetts, new york, that's
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until 9:00 tonight. so atmospherically it will be ripe throughout the day and into tonight. here is where they're firing up right now if you're watching us, believe it or not from fairfield county, connecticut, and eastern westchester county in new york we're talking about millions of people being impacted with this. here's where this tornado, now this tornado is doppler radar indicated, meaning severe weather that they've seen on doppler radar indicated a spin, a rotation in the cycle and with that, tornadoes, has not been seen by people but rotation within the radar so here's a look norwalk, wilton, connecticut, you can see this is just about six miles northwest of stamford, connecticut, a huge place with millions of people here through fairfield county. this has been moving northeast at 35 miles per hour so areas being impacted bethel, danbury, you are all in the line as this moves northeast at 35 miles per hour so ridgefield there's a little bit of movement, here is
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where the potential rotation is, stanford, bedford, ridgefield, westchester, fairfield county, connecticut. let me show you the bigger picture, that's where the tornado warning is until 12:30 this afternoon and with the cycle of things i bet another tornado warning will come up as these storms push east and northeast. the big picture, this is poughkeepsie, about a half hour in the hudson river of new york where we saw a reported tornado as well, washington, hyde park, poughkeepsie. cold front very strong for this time of year pushing east wartd pu eastward into the warm, moist air. the biggest threat today expect it to be very strong winds so what we're seeing potentially 60, 70-mile-per-hour wind gusts, hail up to an inch in diameter and here is the area, from bangor to boston, so new york city, philadelphia, baltimore and washington, all expecting
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some strong storms predominantly later tonight. fredricka, the bulk of this, the biggest access of the storms are still well west. this is just an area we've seen with the tornado warnings around metro new york ahead of this cold front and this warm, moist atmosphere, so it's a long way to go, a l of severe weather today we'll be reporting on. >> keep us posted on that all day long, thanks so much, alexandra. >> you're welcome. all right, the presidential race is intensifying in two key battleground states in particular, virginia and florida. mitt romney is holding two events in virginia today and president obama is courting votes in the sunshine state. both candidates are fighting to win over undecided voters, and time to election day just 59 days now. we get started in florida where president obama kicked off a two-day bus tour there, this past hour he spoke at a college in st. petersburg near tampa.
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the president blasted romney's economic plan saying it's all about tax cuts for the wealthy and gutting regulations for wall street. >> this is a choice between two fundamentally different paths for america, two fundamentally different visions for our future. now ours is a fight, on behalf of that basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known, the bargain that says if you work hard, it will pay off. the bargain that says responsibility will be rewarded, and everybody's got a fair shot, and everybody does their fair share, and everybody plays by the same set of rules from main street to wall street to washington, d.c. >> later today the president heads to kissimmee, florida. the man who would like to take over as commander in chief is discussing his battle plan in the all important state of virginia, mitt romney is campaigning at the military
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aviation museum in virginia beach. in about an hour from now. paul steinhauser is already there, as is a sizeable crowd. what are the expectations in what he has to say to that crowd? >> reporter: well, fredricka, we are down in virginia beach, norfolk area, a big military area, a lot of military workers, a lot of people from the defense industry so i think you'll hear mitt romney talk a lot about that and argue president obama would put together some defense cuts that could hurt this area, that will be mitt romney's theme today when he speaks just behind me, we're in the hangar of the military aviation museum. you could see some world war ii fighter planes behind me. we have a big crowd now. about an hour ago there was almost nobody here, they're starting to pack in, he'll be introduced by virginia's republican governor bob mcdonnell. fred, this is what is very interesting here, the unemployment rate here in virginia is 5.9%, much lower
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than the national average. so you may not hear mitt romney talk a lot about jobs today but he did react yesterday after the unemployment report, take a listen to what he said on the campaign trail. >> he said that he'd create jobs and insad we have unemployment now still over 8% for 43 straight months. he said by now it would be down to 5.4%. now by the way, those numbers, 8.1, 5.4, what difference do they make? let me tell you what difference they make, the difference in those numbers is 9 million americans working. that's the difference. >> reporter: both candidates spending a lot of time. this is going to be mitt romney's seventh trip to virginia. barack obama, the president, was just here last tuesday, made seven swings through the state. four years ago senator obama became the first democrat to carry virginia since 1964, both campaigns think they can win this state, a lot of money being spent on ads, a lot of visits, 13 electoral votes at stake, these people will see a lot of the candidates. >> keep us posted on that, paul
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steinhauser, thanks so much there in virginia beach. you can get an up close and personal look at the two men vowing to hold the country's future in their hands, find out what barack obama and mitt romney are really like, tomorrow night, beginning 8:00 eastern time, when we profile the republican presidential nominee in "romney revealed: family, faith and the road to power" followed at 9:30 p.m. eastern time by "obama revealed: the man, the president," right here on cnn. six people are dead in a suicide bomb attack in kabul, afghanistan. the bomb went off near the headquarters of the nato-led international security assistance force. afghan police say five people were wounded, and some of the dead are children. the taliban has claimed responsibility for that attack. military officials tell cnn's barbara starr a book by a former navy s.e.a.l. on the killing of osama bin laden is inaccurate. the book "no easy day" claims bin laden had been shot by a
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infinitely better than it was, so. >> major points of contention? teacher pay and a move to change the way teachers are evaluated. 400,000 students right now will not have school come monday. after a summer long absence from capitol hill, congressman jesse jackson jr. is now out of the mayo clinic, where he was receiving treatment, recently became known dogged by accusations of corruption, suffers from bipolar depression. his chief of staff said jackson jr. is now back at home in washington, with his family. he was all set to make a trip home to california, but the airline said he couldn't get on board, and now his parents want to know why.
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did an airline carrier prevent a teenaged boy from flying with his parents because he has down's syndrome? the boy's parents are furious and say american airlines discriminated against their son and they plan to sue. carolyn costello with ktla has the story. >> reporter: this home video shows him at a journey concert, the 16-year-old called up on stage and given a guitar by the band. his parents describe him as outgoing, fun loving and charming but they say the he was singled out and discriminated against because he has down's syndrome. >> we were not -- >> we never went down. >> we were not allowed to on the plane because this man saw my son and made a decision. >> joan and robert vanderhorst told us as they waited to board an american airlines flight with their son they were told they
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weren't allowed on. >> my question is why are you singling me out, why aren't you telling them and them and them and all these people that have children that they have to -- >> we are in a security controlled area, you cannot be recording this. >> joan pulled out her cell phone and began to videotape documenting what she believes was a violation of her son's civil rights and the americans with disabilities act. her son labeled a flight risk can be seen in the video sitting at the gate, quietly playing with his hat. in the video, you can hear joan sobbing and her husband expressing disbelief. >> he's behaving. he's demonstrating he's not a problem. >> i kept saying is this only because he has down's syndrome. >> the family has flown together dozens of times. the only thing different they had upgraded for the first time to first class. >> if that little boy just had a seat in first class area, and for some reason they didn't want that, that wasn't acceptable. >> american airlines released a statement that reads in part "the young man was excitable,
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running around and not acclimated to the environment. the pilot attempted to calm him down and acclimate him to his surroundings. his efforts were not successful. for the safety of the young man and safety of others american airlines offered to book another flight for the family" but the family says that statement is untrue. they say they'll sue american airlines and hope their experience will teach the company and people in general a valuable lesson. >> to respect each person's dignity. every one of us should be treated with equal dignity. >> cnn reached out to american airlines and the airlines released this statement saying "american's actions and procedures are in full compliance with the air carrier access act. we do not have a formally lodged complaint from the family, but the refund of the upgradis in the process, however, because of the denied boarding, we must respond to the family in writing within ten days of the travel. the vanderhorst family will hear from us very soon. quegs you have with our legal
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if you made a list of countries from around the world... ...with the best math scores. ...the united states would be on that list. in 25th place. let's raise academic standards across the nation. let's get back to the head of the class. let's solve this. earlier before the break we told but an airline carrier not letting a down's syndrome teenager on board. the boy and his parents were set to fly from new jersey to california on american airlines and upgraded to first class but the family was told their child
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was disruptive and a security risk. the vanderhorst say they have videotape to prove he wasn't and plan to sue. avery friedman, civil rights attorney and law professor joining us from pittsburgh, hello good to see. >> hi, fredricka. >> and richard herman, defense attorney and law professor in las vegas. you never stand still. we have to keep up with you. >> movin' and groovin'. >> that's right. do the vanderhorsts have a case? avery, you first, they say they were denied access, it was the pilot's discretion or eyewitness account with theirs. can they go forward with a legal suit? should they? >> i think they will and i think they should if the video establishes what went on. what do you expect the pilot to say, he was perfectly fine? of course they're going to say he was unruly but they wouldn't even let him on the plane. the irony of this, fredricka, is american airlines says you know what? he wasn't good enough to fly our
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plane, so we booked him on united. what the heck does that mean? if he's not good enough to fly on american, he's not good enough to fly anywhere, so booking him on a different airline makes absolutely no sense. i think the airline's in trouble on this one. >> really. so richard, that's actually a really great point, why would he be okay to fly on one airline and not the other, if the pilot generally has the discretion to make an assessment whether a passenger could be threatening and denied boarding on their flight and that seems to be what american airlines is saying, that they are within, let me find that statement again, they acted within full compliance of the air carrier access act. >> right. it's not a good point, fred. unfortunately, it's just not a good point. this young man was seated in first class, close to the pilot's cockpit. the pilot is the general. the pilot has to prove the safety of the aircraft and everybody on that plane. if in the pilot's discretion he
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makes this call, unless you can prove the pilot's whacked out or drunk or on drugs, whatever he says is going to be binding. it's going to trump disabilities act, it's going to trump everything. >> oh, it is not. >> he made this decision for the safety of the plane and for the passengers on it. they tried to put him back in the coach section, there were no other seats, so they agreed, and offered to book him on another american flight in coach, that's what they tried to do. the fact that the young man was sitting in first class close to the cockpit is what caused the problem here. >> interesting. american airlines said they have not received a formal complaint and when they do, they will respond accordingly. gentlemen, there is a couple other cases we want to talk about, let's talk about that former suburban chicago police sergeant, drew peterson, found guilty of murdering his third wife, but the murder conviction may not be the last word. the lawyers are already bracing for what could be peterson's
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direct move, a direct appeal, on what grounds, richard? >> what grounds? maybe about 100 different grounds in this one, fred, starting with prosecutorial misconduct, ineffective assistance of counsel. there is a host of grounds for appeal. this verdict was absolutely shocking and devastating. >> why? >> let's face it, he was arrogant, he put himself out there, everybody hated this guy, but when you go to court and you're charged with murder, you've got to prove that case based on credible evidence. this case was entirely proved on hearsay and double hearsay, they couldn't tie him into the crime scene, there was nothing there to show he was at the crime scene and for this jury to come in with this verdict, it's beyond outrageous, fred, it's a catastrophe for the legal system. >> and hearsay, we're talking, avery, specifically about 70 motions that were filed to keep hearsay testimony out, and that being wife number four, who is now missing, but before she went missing, apparently had a
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conversation with a divorce attorney saying it was her belief that peterson killed his third wife, and that testimony ended up being called into question. it found its way into the court by the defense team, however, so given that, how would the defense be able to appeal when potentially it was their own mistake that may have incriminated their client? >> well, yeah, there was a multitude of hearsay. i hate to agree with this guy but you know what, the hearsay really -- >> this guy, meaning richard? >> yeah, i mean, look, i think hearsay is going to reverse it. i thought there was sufficient evidence on forensics, with he predicted there was going to be a conviction, where i think the conviction does go up in smoke ultimately is the hearsay. the state legislature in springfield actually passed a law saying in the interests of justice, you can introduce hearsay. what the heck? there's absolutely no reliability in this hearsay, and i don't know that the illinois
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court of appeals or the illinois supreme court, fredricka, will buy it, but if this case gets to the u.s. supreme court, believe it or not, as arrogant and as crass as this guy is, i think he's actually in line for a potential reversal. >> wow, that's extraordinary. >> we'll see. >> i wonder what the outcome of this case, whether there's appeal or not, how might that impact kind of the other closed cases or not closed but i guess mysterious cases surrounding the mysterious status or, you know, missing persons. >> of wife number four. >> of wife number four. richard, you first. >> it shouldn't. i think it's going to embolden the prosecution to do something about it, but there's even less evidence in that case and i this i it would be a problem. you have to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. i don't know how they would do it. >> those cases stand on their own. >> they are cold cases. >> that's right. >> that's the more proper term to use. >> cold. >> now let's look --
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>> cold freezing. >> let's look at the case involving michael jackson and his promoter, aeg, lloyd's of london which was the insurer of aeg, the promoter of his "this is it" tour is saying that they shouldn't have to pay out any of that $17 million settlement because there are e-mails that have now surfaced that aeg knew that michael jackson was "locked up in his room drunk and despondent." so richard, is this a legitimate argument that the insurer can make that they may have known that he was physically or mentally in trouble and that the promoters should have done more to protect their client as opposed to now trying to cash in on insurance? >> it's a core argument, fred. you remember in the movie "squarface" when frank lopez
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telling tony montana, don't be a hazard, tony, don't be a pig. in this case aeg has made over $260 million upon the death of michael jackson, without one concert being held. now, they sue aeg because they took out -- excuse me, they sue lloyd's of london because they took out an insurance policy for $17 million to say if michael couldn't perform, therefore they're entitled to this type of monday, but aeg is absolutely blown the lid off the case. they've shown that lloyd's of london has blown the lid off the case showing aeg knew michael jackson's condition was horrendous and they knew that he could never perform these concerts. therefore, this claim is specious and should not be brought. i think lloyd's of london will get a dismissal. >> avery, do you agree with that, is that the root here, greed? >> i think lloyd's of london's position on this. one of the e-mails that surfaced was that aeg was satisfied with
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the "fine medical care" that conrad murray was providing michael jackson. i mean he was drunk and despondent and you know what's really interesting there was discovery, the obligation of aeg was to turn this evidence over. they never did. it came out because it was a leak from a friend of the michael jackson family. that's how this stuff surfaced. >> apparently leaked to media outlets, right? >> yeah. >> by the jacksons i'm sure. >> for "time" and cnn. well that's the allegation, that's a different order but i think lloyd's of london will prevail and that $17 million they're not going to have to pay it, if they paid it, they get it back. aeg never turned that evidence over even though under the federal rules they're required to and i think they're in trouble on this one. >> gentleman, we're not done with you. we'll see you later on in the hour and talk about other cases including at least one new orleans saints player that may be taking to the field as early as tomorrow, now that the
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suspension of -- >> new orleans. >> of that bounty plan. >> the saints are going forward with it. >> we'll talk about the collective bargaining case and why this is not being played out in a traditional court instead. you're going to be back with this to help assess. thanks so much. we'll see you in a moment.
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all right, four nfl players will be eligible to play this weekend after their suspensions were dismissed. our legal guys are back with us, avery friedman in pittsburgh, richard herman in las vegas. gentlemen, see if you can tackle this one. nfl commissioner roger goodell suspended the players in a scheme that paid players for
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injuring opponents. the coaches and a gm who were suspended remain out of the game. so because this was a collective bargaining process, it puts the players' louts up against the commissioner on hold. okay, richard, this is very complicated. . how did this come to be that the suspensions were overturned by this arbitration or appeals panel? >> because the players were allowed, pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement to take this level of appeal and the arbitrators ruled that the commissioner exceeded his authority. he did not have the power to be judge, jury and executionary, which is what he was in this case, and he got spanked, and he got sacked, clearly, fred, and these players are going to -- vilma will be on the field this weekend if he's physically healthy enough. >> apparently he's injured and may not but will smith, the defensive end apparently might, right? be able to play. >> and the coaches should, in the spirit of this decision, and in good faith, the coaches
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should be reinstated as well right now. >> that's what i was wondering, avery, if some are reinstated or the suspension is overturned, why wouldn't the coaches and that gm be allowed to continue on with the game or be involved? >> it's a different standard, fredricka. >> why? >> with the players it's a collective bargaining agreement and it was pretty obvious that commissioner goodell is not the king. he's merely the commissioner, and the three-person panel, two retired federal judges and a georgetown professor said you can make a recommendation, that's about it. i got to tell you, fredricka, this case isn't over because if the special master recommends to the commissioner that there is to be punishment, we don't know what's going to happen here. yeah, they're reinstated, but we don't know what's going to happen ultimately. it's going to go back to the commissioner, so this case is really far from over. it's great for sunday, you got some of those players back on the field, but this case has got
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a long way to go before we're done with it. >> not long after this decision, player jonathan vilma expressed his emotion on twitter saying "victory is mine," and then here's roman harper -- >> for now. >> for now. roman harper what he had to say as television cameras were rolling. >> you know, after this offseason, nothing surprised me anymore. there no crazy. it just it what it is and we continue to go on about our days and continue to work as we always do and whatever happens happens. >> okay, so anything could happen still, but what does this say about this whole plot of, you know, bounty? >> it says, fred, there was insufficient -- >> sorry. >> -- i'm sorry, insufficient or specio suh evidence, flimsy. >> that's not the ruling. >> for the commissioner to make this determination, he had nothing, and he made it based on nothing. that's what the spankdown was.
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>> i don't agree, fredricka. there's nothing in this opinion that talks about the evidence. they merely said this three-person panel that procedurally the commission, the commissioner has no authority to do it. it goes back to the special master. that's why i say it's not over. ultimately i agree they have to look at what standard of evidence which had nothing to do with this ruling and that's what's on the horizon, that's why i say this case is far from over. >> okay, all right, let's move on to something else still within the confines of the nfl discussions and concerns, so the league has asked a judge to toss out that lawsuit by former players who say they have suffered brain injuries from concussions, from years of hits, et cetera. so avery, why would they do this? >> well because the nfl is saying that anything having to do with health or safety is subsumed within the collective bargaining agreement meaning the federal court has no jurisdiction.
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they filed a 40-page motion for dismissal this week, claiming that the cases all have to be thrown out of court. the exception to that is that if the players can prove concealment by the envelope and the helmet makers, the case stays alive. so right now the court has to hear that question of whether or not it's thrown out, and you know what? i actually think the nfl has a chance, unless the players can show concealment. >> so again, richard, this is a case of collective bargaining, keeping it within the confines of the nfl jurisdiction or whether this should be in a traditional court, and so is this issue of proving concealment at the core of this case? >> that's at the core, fred, and they're not going to be able to prove concealment here and the collective bargaining agreement does control for all of these athletes, and the nfl says it wasn't an nfl decision. it went down to each team and each team ultimately made the
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decision whether or not that player was physically fit to get on the field, but to bring an action against the nfl, which these players have done, claiming that the nfl was responsible for encouraging them to continue to play and concealing, concealing the level of injury that's caused by concussion upon concussion, that lawsuit is going to be thrown out, fred. the nfl is going to win this motion. >> we haven't even done discovery yet. we don't know what documents exist. i actually think that it's like the tobacco cases. somewhere on the inside, somewhere on the inside, whether it's a memo or an e-mail, there's some evidence of concealment, that's my expectation, my opinion, my guess. i think it's going to surface. that again remains to be seen. i think there's something in the background. >> you'd wonder why 5,000 plaintiffs including players or family members, survivors of players would be involved if they didn't feel like they didn't have a good case but
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we'll see. >> that's right. >> briefly moving back, fred, you know, jonathan vilma's defamation case against the commissioner is looking much better today than it has a week ago. let me tell you. >> is it? >> maybe, but again it's not an evidence decision. it's a procedural decision. >> and that, too is a traditional court setting as opposed to a case that's only by the collective bargaining. >> that's correct. >> very complicated. thanks much, guys. it really is but you help us all understand, appreciate it. good to see you. have a great rest of the weekend. our legal guys are here every saturday thank goodness to give us theirake on the most intriguing cases of the day and help bring a lot of clarity to stuff that is so complicated. three, two, one, boom? only this collapse wasn't supposed to happen. that one right there, scary details, straight ahead. [ male announcer ] this is sheldon, whose long dy setting up the news
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a demolition contractor made a big mess, not just during but after he tore down this home in arkansas. why? because it's actually the wrong home. the contractor, youngblood demolition, told affiliate kirt he offered the owner 2,000 bucks to make amends. the owner wants $50,000. now the two sides are having to talk through their lawyers. lynard skynard best known for "sweet home alabama" "what's your name" we're face to face with some of the band members and how they see and love to enjoy generations of fans in the concert. ays a key role throughout our lives. one a day men's 50+ is a complete multi-vitamin designed for men's health concerns as we age. it has more of 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day men's 50+. he's, he's on my back about providing for his little girl.
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all i need to do is mention "sweet home alabama," "free bird" you know who i'm talking about, lynard skynard, defining the sound of southern rock in the '70s. even after a plane crash in 1977 killing three of the band members lynard skynard played on, cranking out hit after hit, album after album over the years. now on tour with a new album "last of a dying breed" it's giving them their highest billboard chart debut since the 1970s. i talked face-to-face with vocalist johnny van zat and ricky rossington and asked them are there any stories behind the records and the songs they can share? >> yeah, but we can't discuss them on this program.
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>> a few of them. >> everything throughout our career has had a story and that's what we write about and we'll be able to last so long, i guess, people can't understand the stories we tell, and the songs and we just try to play for the people, you know, and do our thing for that. >> and people, you know, love the ones that i just mentioned and so many others, but even when you come out and you're launching your new tour, new album, new songs, people in the audience are chanting "free bird" when are we going to hear that? >> what song is it you want to hear tonight? >> "free bird"! >> we love to do the old stuff for the people but it's fun every once in a while to do a new tune here and there, keep it fresh. >> what happens you look in the audience and see those growing with you and then they're bringing their kids. >> oh, yeah. >> some of the songs, "simple man" and "tuesday's gone" or "free bird" you can see women or
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people crying sometimes, they think about their sons being overseas or something in the service, there's memories that come up, kind of like a lifetime of memories through our music. ♪ tuesday's gone >> i think what's cool is the stories that you hear from people all over in the years and the stories that they have about certain songs, how certain songs of the bands touch them in a certain way, you know, and it's just amazing to me to listen to all the different ones from graduation to you know, even parents saying oh, our child was conceived during "free bird." >> whoa! >> like enough information. >> a little tmi on that one. ♪ because i'm as free as a bird now ♪ ♪ how about you ♪ and this bird you cannot change ♪ >> i hear "free bird" and i
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think about my high school and junior high dances, and it was just the buildup and everyone gets excited about the song and takes to the floor. >> good to dance to. >> it's very nostalgic and for you, johnny, is it nostalgic when you play the older tunes, the signature tunes but then you got to introduce the new stuff, too, and it becomes a different tone on stage, doesn't it? >> right now, we've got the new record out "last of a dying breed." i love it because we start our show off, i'm giving it away, gary plays the slide, we have this wolf thing happening and it's just a lot of fun for us, and you know, i've been here in the band for 25 years and my brother, ronnie, started the band with gary and alan collins, and you know, it's been my pleasure to be out here and see how it's grown and you know, see all the young fans come into this and love the old with the new. >> there's more from lynard skynard at 4:00 eastern time on
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